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Too much tapping? Create your own Android and iOS keyboard shortcuts

Speed up your touchscreen typing by setting up oft-repeated words and phrases in your phone's settings.

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How to encrypt sensitive data? Put it in an encrypted container

We all have files that we'd rather not share with hackers and thieves (and maybe even our spouses). Here's how to put them in a place where no one else can open them.

TechTip: Controlling your Samsung device with your computer

If you think controlling your Samsung device with your computer might be easier and more efficient, I'll teach you how in today's Techtip. Follow me on Twitter @nickjb

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How to automatically delete your cookies every time you close your browser

Firefox's new Forget button is great for infrequent cookie flushing, but if you want to erase cookies on a more frequent basis here's how to do it in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

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When your ethernet won't connect

A wired connection should be simple plug-and-play, but all too often that's not the case. Here's what to do if your ethernet connection seems dead.

How to create a high-quality animated GIF

Two free tools are all you need to transform a video into a high-quality GIF. Let the amusement begin!

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How to open files in desktop apps from Google Drive on the web

Google's latest 'blend online with offline' trick is automatically opening Google Drive files from the web with your desktop apps.

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Windows autoloading programs: You don't want too many, but you may want these

Your PC probably autoloads too many programs at startup. You'd be wise to disable most of them. But here are some you should keep.

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Test your Android phone's performance with these free benchmarking tools

These 8 apps tell you everything you need to know about your Android device, and they don’t cost a dime.

3 things to consider before ditching your laptop for a tablet

We're finally at a point where dumping your laptop for a more mobile tablet is pretty realistic. Just make sure you choose the tablet that will do everything you need it to.

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Clear your app caches to clear up Android phone issues

Is an app on the fritz? Fixing the problem may be only a few taps away.

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview, keylogging, and you

The Windows 10 Technical Preview can track your keystrokes and listen to your speech. It's for research rather than spying, but still something to keep it in mind if you're going to use it.

Make Chrome's New Tab page beautiful and more productive with these extensions

Tired of looking at the default new tab page in Chrome? Try these three extensions to spruce up their look.

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How to extend the life of your laptop battery

The battery in your brand-new laptop may get you through a day's work on the road. But in two years, probably not. Here's how to keep that battery healthy over the long haul.